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BIG 5G EVENT, DENVER, US: A panel of technical experts outlined reasons non-traditional vendors are expected to gain a foothold in 5G core networks, naming security, adaptability and pricing models as key reasons for the shift.

Gabriel Sidhom, COO at Orange Silicon Valley, explained operators want the ability to scale networks up and down by adding and subtracting new hardware as needed.

He noted operators have traditionally scaled “vertically”, meaning they have grown network capacity by investing in upgrades to existing hardware. “The margin pressure all telcos have been facing is leading us to look at solutions that are more elastic”.

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